Our day tour of Kerry is the best way to see the Kingdom (as the locals like to call it) from Dublin for those short on time. During this adventure you’ll see some of the most impressive and unspoilt scenery in Ireland and discover for yourself why the beauty of this region has attracted tourists for centuries.
The spectacular landscapes here combine the majestic Kerry Mountains, including the highest mountain in Ireland, with some of Europe’s most dramatically rugged coastal scenery. The last Ice Age, around 10,000 years ago, shaped and moulded this stunning area and no visit to Ireland is complete without a trip to the Kingdom.
The first stop of this tour will be in the pretty village of Adare in County Limerick. Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most picturesque locations, this village boasts thatched cottages along its main streets along with wonderful stonework buildings, ancient ruins, and medieval monasteries.
We leave Limerick and cross into County Kerry, making our way to the Killarney National Park. This is perhaps the most scenic National Park anywhere on Earth and you’ll be able to enjoy an unequalled panorama of the world famous Lakes of Killarney and the Black Valley when we stop at Aghadoe Heights and the scenic Torc Waterfall, an impressive 18 metre high cascade set amongst peaceful forests. The waterfall is located in the Friar’s Glen area and is an ideal place to stretch your legs and admire the natural beauty of Kerry.
You’ll have some free time here to marvel at the beautiful landscapes and enjoy a pleasant stroll along the shores of the Lakes before the tour moves on.
Killarney is at the heart of County Kerry and serves as the gateway to Kerry’s most renowned attractions. Given the town’s location amongst lakes and mountains, it won’t take long to see why Killarney is regularly voted the best visitor destination in Ireland. In town you might like to get something for lunch or shop in the town’s many fine craft stores.
After Killarney we make our way to the town of Killorglin, home to the Puck Fair, one of the oldest festivals in the world (it can be traced back to 1613). In August, a Kerry mountain goat is crowned King Puck and rises above the centre of the village on a specially raised platform but quite why this all started is anyone’s guess.
This part of the tour takes you along the renowned ‘Ring of Kerry’ loop around the Kingdom before we turn off and make our way to the Irish language and culture hub that is the Dingle Peninsula. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for photos and even the chance to dip your toes in the Atlantic at Inch Beach, one of the best beaches in Ireland and a popular surfing spot.
Despite its name, Inch Beach hugs the shoreline for several kilometres and is set against the spectacular rolling green hills for which Ireland, and Kerry in particular, is famous. From Inch we make our way west along the Dingle Peninsula where you can enjoy the spectacular coastal landscapes and views of Tralee Bay.
From the Lakes of Killarney to the sands of Inch Beach, this is the perfect day tour for exploring Kerry on a day excursion from Dublin.
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